Museum of Art of Lima
Peru, Lima

The Museum of Art of Lima is located in the capital of Peru, the city of Lima, was created on the initiative of the public organization Promoting the Art and Culture of Peru, its official opening took place in 1961. The Museum of Art of Lima occupies the historic building of the Exhibition Palace, built in 1870-1871, especially for the opening of the International Exhibition of Art, Science and Industry, held in Lima in 1872. The palace was built in the neo-Renaissance style, designed by Italian architect Antonio Leonardi. Structural columns of iron were brought from France, marble, furniture and works of art for interior design were ordered in Europe. Around the palace was a French garden with fountains, sculptures and small pavilions built in Venetian, Byzantine and Moorish architectural styles. In 1973, the Exhibition Palace was declared a monument of the historical and cultural heritage of the nation. The museum’s collection of works of art began to form in 1955, with the purchase by the Board of Trustees of the complete collection of works by the Peruvian artist Carlos Bak-Flora. In honor of the opening of the museum on March 10, 1961, President Peru Manuel Prado presented a valuable collection that belonged to his family. The permanent exhibition of the museum is represented by works of art from pre-Columbian times to the present day, divided into nine thematic zones - the Pre-Columbian era, the Colonial and Republican periods, the works of the Peruvian artists Teofilo Castillo, Jose Sabogala, Mario Urtega Alvarado and Ricardo Grau are presented in the exhibition hall also paintings by students of the National School of Fine Arts. Other halls display textiles, ceramics, gold and silver jewelry found in archaeological sites in Peru. The Gallery of Modern Art contains works by Peruvian artists Fernando de Zizlo, Gerardo Chavez, Teresa Burg, Flavia Gandolfo, Elena Tejada, Milagros de la Torre and others, which reflect the artistic trends of the late XX - early XXI centuries. In 1986, the museum opened a library containing literature on art, architecture, folk art, photography. The museum holds temporary exhibitions, conferences, seminars, presentations, creative meetings, and educational programs for children and students are developed.

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